Body of Knowledge

  • Body of Knowledge

    Meetings: As certain and as joyous as death and taxes

    - by Joseph Paris

    There are very few people that actually enjoy meetings.  I have never heard anyone say, “I can’t wait for the meeting this afternoon” unless it’s followed by “I won’t have to eat at my desk.” Certainly, the people who are called to attend a meeting largely lack enthusiasm are energetic unless they, or their project, are the reason for the meeting – and even then, only if it’s expected to be a positive experience for them.  And the person calling the meeting will not usually be enthusiastic or energetic unless the reason for the meeting is something joyous or dreadful…

  • Thought Food

    The era of exponential improvement in healthcare?

    - by McKinsey & Company

    This article means that technology-driven innovation holds the potential to improve our understanding of patients. At the same time, it enables the delivery of more convenient, individualized care, and create $350 billion–$410 billion in annual value by 2025. It remains true that while healthcare advances have delivered great benefits to society, bringing material improvements in average life spans and quality of life, yet these improvements have come at a cost… Read more

  • Thought Food

    Recharging economies: The EV-battery manufacturing outlook for Europe

    - by McKinsey & Company

    McKinsey & Co means that as the uptake of electric vehicles (EVs) increases, the EV-battery market represents an opportunity for European players. This thoroughly revealing article assesses the potential and looks at factors guiding the location of production capacity and might be ever-relevant insofar as it is so far untapped, and a potential great opportunity for European battery makers and carmakers… Read more

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    Five leadership styles behind the success of giant MNCs

    - by Amal Mohamed

    Dr. Amal Farouk Soliman Honorary Board member of the American Academy of Project management Prof. Joseph F Paris Jr Chairman of XONITEK Consulting Group Int’l; Founder of the Operational Excellence Society; Founder of the Readiness Institute; and Author of “State of Readiness”. Ceridian is as an information services company. And, according to its CEO, David Ossip; “… Negative employee attitudes can harm workplace culture, impacting morale and employee engagement, and may also result in a ripple effect of unhappy customers.” Mr. Ossip recognized this problem and its being a threat to the business. He made use of his skilled and purposeful leadership…

  • Podcasts
    outliers inn

    The Outliers Inn – Episode 39 – The Man behind the Curtain

    Welcome to Episode 39 of the Outliers Inn – The Man behind the curtain Topic: This episode finds us short of guests, but the show must go on.! So, in an act of desperation and in search of fresh meat, we look inward and bring Chas – our podcast technician extraordinaire – from behind the curtain and into the spotlight. Little did we know we were going to enter “Dr Whoopee’s Wayback Machine” and go back in time to discuss the earliest in personal computer technology. Names like “Sinclair” and “Apple-II” – when a 20 MEGAbyte hard drive and 640…

  • Podcasts
    gridiron

    State of Readiness – Carl Kirpes – From Gridiron to Pipelines

    In this episode of State of Readiness, we interview Carl Kirpes, responsible for Crude Oil Strategy & Analysis at Marathon Petroleum Corporation. Carl and I met some years ago at an annual conference of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers when he was just graduating from Iowa State University – and we have stayed in touch over the years. Listen in as we follow Carl’s career; from being a walk-on player on the Iowa State Football team and the influence Coach Rhoads had on him, to his joining GENESYS Systems Integrator where he rose to the position of Vice…

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